October 22, 2016

Alex Hales set for debut in first Test

Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales is set to make his Test debut when England begin their four-match series against South Africa in Durban on Saturday, reports BBC.

Hales, 26, will be the eighth opener to partner Alastair Cook since 2012.

England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out with a calf injury, meaning one of Chris Woakes or Mark Footitt is likely to join Steven Finn in the XI.

South Africa are ranked number one in the world, but lost their last series in India 3-0.

An England victory by any scoreline would see South Africa lose top spot to India, while only a win will ensure captain Cook’s men improve their ranking of sixth.

However, England have won only one series in South Africa since the Proteas were readmitted to Test cricket in 1991 and Cook’s side have triumphed only once in their last 15 overseas Tests.

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